Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

It’s Week 7 here at the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and, as the calendar flips to December, there is a serious logjam at the top this week.

Take for example, the Hershey Bears, who have taken points in their last six games. But that only has Hershey in tenth in this weeks Rankings. Are there really nine teams better than the Bears? Maybe, but there were four teams that didn’t move at all in this weeks Rankings.

There is a new number one this week as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms loss on Saturday to the lowly Hartford Wolf Pack is enough to knock the Phantoms off the top spot. I am not going to give away the new number one team, you will just need to click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see who it is.

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The best team in the AHL at the end of November are your Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals love the month of November; in the past two years the Admirals are 19-1-2-0. That’s damn impressive.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 3
Record:
12-2-2-1
Last Week:
GR 1 @ MIL 3
MIL 3 @ RFD 2 (SO)
MTB 4 @ MIL 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ CLE 12/2
@ CLE 12/3

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Not a bad week for the Penguins, despite their first losing streak of the season. The best defensive team in the AHL finally notched a shutout over those pesky Sound Tigers Saturday.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
13-4-2-0
Last Week:
WBS 0 @ HER 4
WBS 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
BRI 0 @ WBS 1
This Week:
@ STJ 12/3
@ STJ 12/4

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Roadrunners head into December leading the Pacific. Now head to California for a trio of games against the Gulls who have won six straight, the Reign who are the defending division champions and the Condors who have a cool Twitter account.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Record:
9-2-2-0
Last Week:
SD @ TUC — PPD
SD @ TUC — PPD
STK 3 @ TUC 2
STK 4 @ TUC 5
This Week:
@ SD 11/30
@ ONT 12/2
@ BAK 12/3

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Look out for the San Diego Gulls who have won six straight. The streak may be in jeopardy as the Gulls host the Roadrunners Wednesday and travel to Stockton for a pair this weekend.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 8
Record:
7-6-1-0
Last Week:
SD @ TUC — PPD
SD @ TUC — PPD
SD 3 @ BAK 2 (OT)
SD 4 @ ONT 3
This Week:
vs. TUC 11/30
@ STK 12/2
@ STK 12/3

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Only beat Binghamton by one goal in both of their games with the Senators then laid an egg at home against a bad Hartford team. Busy week this week with some top quality teams.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 4
Record:
12-5-1-0
Last Week:
LV 1 @ BNG 0
BNG 3 @ LV 4
HFD 3 @ LV 1
This Week:
@ TOR 11/29
vs. HER 12/2
@ HER 12/3
@ BRI 12/4

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The two best teams in the Pacific split a pair in Arizona this weekend. Heat return home to host the white hot Gulls this weekend.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 1
Record:
9-4-1-0
Last Week:
STK 1 @ ONT 3
STK 3 @ TUC 2
STK 4 @ TUC 5
This Week:
vs. CHA 11/30
vs. SD 12/2
vs. SD 12/3

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Crunch up to second in the North despite what appears to be a roster in flux. Impressive.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 7th
Change: n/a
Record:
10-5-0-1
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ UTI 2
TOR 4 @ SYR 5 (OT)
SYR 4 @ BNG 2
This Week:
@ STJ 11/29
@ STJ 11/30
vs. RCH 12/3
@ HER 12/4

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Devils are tops in the North Division sweeping the week. Beatable teams this week, so Albany is looking to stay there.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 2
Record:
12-6-0-0
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ ALB 3
ALB 4 @ HFD 3 (OT)
RCH 2 @ ALB 4
This Week:
@ BRI 11/29
vs. UTI 12/2
@ UTI 12/3
vs. BNG 12/4

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Those games with Wilkes-Barre this weekend felt like playoff games. Bridgeport remains underrated.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 9th
Change: n/a
Record:
12-6-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ HFD 2
WBS 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
BRI 0 @ WBS 1
This Week:
vs. ALB 11/29
@ SPR 12/2
vs. BNG 12/3
vs. LV 12/4

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Bears sweep the week and have points in their last six games, good for third in a very competitive Atlantic Division.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 4
Record:
11-4-3-1
Last Week:
WBS 0 @ HER 4
HER 5 @ SPR 2
SPR 3 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ LV 12/2
vs. LV 12/3
vs. SYR 12/4

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Near the top of the Central Division and beating teams that they should. More beatable teams on the schedule this week for the Griffins.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 11th
Change: n/a
Record:
11-6-0-0
Last Week:
GR 1 @ MIL 3
CLE 3 @ GR 5
GR 6 @ CLE 2
This Week:
vs. CLE 11/30
vs. IA 12/2
@ RFD 12/3

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Do not adjust your computer screens. The Manitoba Moose are third in the Central. The Moose are playing some decent hockey.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 9
Record:
9-7-1-1
Last Week:
IA 1 @ MTB 0 (OT)
IA 3 @ MTB 1
MTB 4 @ MIL 3 (OT)
CHI 2 @ MTB 1
This Week:
@ RFD 11/30
vs. TEX 12/3
vs. TEX 12/4

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Is Toronto slipping? Has the magic worn off?
Rank: 13
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 7
Record:
10-5-1-1
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ ALB 3
TOR 4 @ SYR 5 (OT)
UTI 1 @ TOR 4
This Week:
vs. LV 11/29
@ RCH 12/2
vs. HFD 12/3
vs. HFD 12/4

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Texas sweeps its in-state rival. Stars have 22 points, most in the division, but sit in third because of percentage points.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 4
Record:
10-6-1-1
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
SA 0 @ TEX 3
This Week:
@ CHI 11/30
@ MTB 12/3
@ MTB 12/4

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San Jose is quietly prodding around the Pacific Division. If this team gets on a run, watch out.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 15th
Change: n/a
Record:
7-5-0-2
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ BAK 3
BAK 1 @ SJ 4
SJ 5 @ ONT 2
This Week:
@ SA 12/3
@ SA 12/4

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Took points out of every contest this week and are creeping up on the divisional leaders in the Atlantic.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 4
Record:
7-6-3-3
Last Week:
PRO 6 @ RCH 4
PRO 2 @ STJ 1
PRO 3 @ STJ 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. BNG 12/2
@ SPR 12/3
vs. SPR 12/4

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Mighty Reign slip more into the depths of the Pacific. Catching the Gulls at the wrong time. Now, they host the pesky Roadrunners and the Checkers this weekend.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 9
Record:
6-5-4-0
Last Week:
STK 1 @ ONT 3
SJ 5 @ ONT 2
SD 4 @ ONT 3
This Week:
vs. TUC 12/2
vs. CHA 12/3

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Wolves see their four game win streak at home snapped by the Manitoba Moose. Suddenly, there is a logjam in the middle of the Central Division and the Wolves are a part of it.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 6
Record:
8-9-1-1
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ CHA 4
CHI 4 @ CHA 2
RFD 2 @ CHI 3
MTB 2 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/30
@ RFD 12/2
vs. IA 12/3

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Week went win-loss-win-loss for the Checkers. Middling around the Central now as the calendar is about to flip to December. Big California road trip coming up for Charlotte.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 3
Record:
9-8-1-0
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ CHA 4
CHI 4 @ CHA 2
IA 2 @ CHA 3 (OT)
IA 5 @ CHA 1
This Week:
@ STK 11/30
@ BAK 12/2
@ ONT 12/3

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Wild are actually better than Rockford and Cleveland and on par with Chicago and Charlotte, which puts them in the middle of a fight for fourth place in the Central.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 10
Record:
9-10-1-1
Last Week:
IA 1 @ MTB 0 (OT)
IA 3 @ MTB 1
IA 2 @ CHA 3 (OT)
IA 5 @ CHA 1
This Week:
@ GR 12/2
@ CHI 12/3

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Split the weekend with the P-Bruins. Two more really good teams come in this week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 5
Record:
10-9-1-0
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ STJ 1
PRO 2 @ STJ 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/29
vs. SYR 11/30
vs. WBS 12/3
vs. WBS 12/4

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4 out of 6 this week including a big win against rival Syracuse. Utica is a good week of hockey played from being in the discussion in the North Division.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 5
Record:
7-10-1-0
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ UTI 2
UTI 5 @ RCH 2
UTI 1 @ TOR 4
This Week:
vs. RCH 11/30
@ ALB 12/2
vs. ALB 12/3

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Rampage go right around .500 for the month of November. That’s not going to cut it in this competitive Pacific Division.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 10
Record:
8-10-1-0
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
SA 0 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. SJ 12/3
vs. SJ 12/4

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Got points out of both, at the time, divisional leaders in the North and the Atlantic. Not a bad week for Hartford. A pair with the Marlies this week.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 2
Record:
6-10-3-0
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ HFD 2
ALB 4 @ HFD 3 (OT)
HFD 3 @ LV 1
This Week:
@ TOR 12/3
@ TOR 12/4

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Played Lehigh Valley tough this week then lost to the Crunch on Saturday. Still last in the North with a tough schedule ahead this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
5-11-1-1
Last Week:
LV 1 @ BNG 0
BNG 3 @ LV 4
SYR 4 @ BNG 2
This Week:
@ PRO 12/2
@ BRI 12/3
@ ALB 12/4

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Swept by Hershey. Springfield has a lot of work to do in December if they want to re-gain touch with the leaders in they Atlantic.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 1
Record:
7-7-2-2
Last Week:
HER 5 @ SPR 2
SPR 3 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 12/2
vs. PRO 12/3
@ PRO 12/4

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Lost all three games this week. It looks like a roller coaster ride in Rockford. Up one week, down the next.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 10
Record:
7-10-1-1
Last Week:
CLE 5 @ RFD 4
MIL 3 @ RFD 2 (SO)
RFD 2 @ CHI 3
This Week:
vs. MTB 11/30
vs. CHI 12/2
vs. GR 12/3

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Swept by the Griffins, last in the Central. Is it too soon to say that the Monsters aren’t a good team anymore?
Rank: 28
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 9
Record:
6-10-1-1
Last Week:
CLE 5 @ RFD 4
CLE 3 @ GR 5
GR 6 @ CLE 2
This Week:
@ GR 11/30
vs., MIL 12/2
vs. MIL 12/3

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Last in the Pacific. Bakersfield problem is that they play in a division loaded with good teams.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Record:
6-8-1-0
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ BAK 3
BAK 1 @ SJ 4
SD 3 @ BAK 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHA 12/2
vs. TUC 12/3

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Since mid-November when we thought the Amerks were going to turn a page, Rochester has lost six straight.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2
Record:
7-11-0-1
Last Week:
PRO 6 @ RCH 4
UTI 5 @ RCH 2
RCH 2 @ ALB 4
This Week:
@ UTI 11/30
vs. TOR 12/2
@ SYR 12/3

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